This trip of truly unmissable destinations incorporates a list of must-see locations in the region. Lesser-known locations are also included, and they are no less beautiful. We start with a Delhi tour, the famous gateway to India, and then move straight on to the undiscovered rural areas of Nawalgarh where we explore the village on bicycles before finishing with a culinary treat. We visit Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaipur. To add to the variety, we also head out on a panther safari in Siana, and a train safari in Jojowar. You’ll also receive a Taj Mahal tour with a photographer.
Depart London Heathrow or your regional airport.
Arrive in Delhi. You then have the afternoon free to relax. We then take a late-afternoon visit to a local Sikh temple using a unique mode of transport.
Wake up early for a guided history walk through old Delhi. Visit the various eateries in the narrow crowded lanes of Chandni Chowk and taste Delhi through its delicacies. You’ll also see the Kinari bazaar, where tightly packed stalls sell a bewildering array of tinsel and sequins. Dariba Kalan is the lane of jewellers and silversmiths, and you can explore this region. You’ll also visit the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque with its soaring minarets.
After this, continue with New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The division in the walled city and New Delhi also marks the contrast in the lifestyles of the people. The walled city is all tradition. You can witness a past lifestyle in all its facets, colours and spells. New Delhi in contrast, is a city trying to live up to the best of 21st century standards. After this visit, we continue on to Nawalgarh. (B)
Nawalgarh is home to more than 200 ancient havelis, or mansions, and we walk you through the village visiting a few of them. An afternoon cycle trip is arranged and combined with culinary trails and cooking demonstrations. You then stay overnight in Nawalgarh. (B)
Once you’ve had breakfast, we drive to Bikaner. In the afternoon, you’ll visit Junagarh Fort. The remainder of the day is free. (An optional visit to Camel Research Farm on the outskirts of Bikaner is available.) (B)
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. The rest of the day is free. (B)
After breakfast you’ll enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. This includes a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. At the end of the tour, enjoy a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur and visit the clock tower. Stop at the Omelette Shop which claims to go through several thousand eggs a day. The Omelette Man has been doing this job for more than 30 years.
We drive to Siana, a quaint little town and a less explored destination of Rajasthan. The hosts are famous for their hospitality. By nightfall, the constellations will be your guide. You spend the night in cosy tents/bungalows. We go on a village walk and explore the culture of Siana, which revolves around carpentry. You’ll then visit traditional carpenters at their homes to see their pieces of work. After this, you’ll drive across a dry river bed and meet with the Rabari community, the traditional shepherds of this region. The sheep are sure to keep you company! Go on a panther safari at dusk and come back to immerse yourself in stargazing. (B)
After breakfast, drive from Siana to Udaipur. You’ll also visit the Ranakpur Jain temples. (B)
A half-day sightseeing tour of Udaipur, beginning with the with City Palace before proceeding to the Jagdish Temple. You’ll also visit Sahelion-ki–badi. In the evening, you will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola. (B)
Drive to Jojowar. Your guide will take you for a local train safari, one of our favourite excursions. This daily train service starts from the hill section to the highest station in the Aravallis. (B)
Day12: Jojowar to Jaipur
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. The rest of the day is free. (B)
After breakfast, you will drive outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. On-route to Amber, you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. A City tour is available in the afternoon, beginning with a visit to the City Palace. Then, walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar, also called Astronomical Observatory, built by the Maharajah of Jaipur in 1726. It’s one of the five such astronomical wonders constructed by Sawai Jai Singh that makes accurate predictions, even to this day. (B)
After breakfast, we drive to Agra (255 Km – 5 Hrs). On-route, visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. After your visit, continue your drive to Agra (1 hrs). In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Agra Fort. (B)
Enjoy an early sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. You are accompanied by a specialist photographer who helps you to take your photography to next level. He takes you around some of his secret spots, helping you get the best from your camera. After your visit, return to hotel for breakfast, then continue drive to Delhi (210 Km – 5 Hrs). (B)
On your final day, you are transferred to an airport for your flight back to UK. (B)
PLESE NOTE: B = Breakfast at Hotels
The Indian continent has a range of wonders that are sure to make a lasting impression. Here are the tours that we offer: